Category Archives: House District 157

PA Primary Results: Hillary Wins Big, GOP Delegate Picture a Mess

First thoughts:  Well, Hillary won by 10.  I guess that means this superdelegate tracking is going to have to continue for a while.

Regarding the GOP delegate races, those results are a little spread out over the interwebs, so will require some time to aggregate.  My favored candidate for my district– Jim McHale– did not win, but he did OK.  Interestingly, in my district well-known insider Ken Davis, about whom many are less than enthused, was included on the GOP sample ballot as an endorsed delegate at the last second absent any appropriate vote, at least as far as this committeeman is aware.

While Mr. Davis did not win, he did siphon off 1300 votes which affected the ultimate results.  There could be an explanation for this, but the most thorough one I’ve heard thus far is there was a “mix-up”, so an endorsement fell upon him by fiat, like manna from heaven.  This will require more investigation.  A very polite e-mail to the chairman of the Chester County GOP has thus far gone unanswered.

As for the rest of the Commonwealth, I believe there are at least some unendorsed delegates who have been elected, and not all of them are Paul-bearers.  As Mr. Drudge says, developing…

GOP Superdelegate Project; Time; Local Campaigns

Dedicated readers will have noticed an interruption in my GOP superdelegate project.  To refresh your memory, I am endeavoring to make a matter of public record all people running to be GOP delegates from Pennsylvania to the national convention, and how they plan to dispose of their responsibilities there.

This is necessary because they are uncommitted, and the GOP seems pretty uninterested in providing this information to regular GOP voters.  You know, those people the party expects to pull straight GOP tickets with the same circumspection drunk grandmothers use at slot machines in Atlantic City.

Alas, both work and alternate political interests have slowed me down.  Among those interests are working for the GOP candidates in my area:  Admiral Steve Kantrowitz for PA Senate 19, Mr. Guy Ciarrocchi in PA House 157, and Representative Gerlach.  You will soon find links to their sites on the right.  Please note Guy’s official campaign site is not up just yet.

I resolve, though, to have a roughly complete list by the end of the month, giving voters three weeks to find it.  To that end, though, if anyone feels like helping, please get in touch at karlub at yahoo dot com.

GOP Delegate Project: Still Suspended

Just a quick update on my GOP delegate project:  Spent a few moments with the GOP Chester County Executive Director yesterday afternoon as I was plotting with our candidate of PA House 157 and our area’s brain trust.  Delightful group of folks, and a good time was had by all.  We are lucky to have Guy Ciarrocchi running.

Anyway, she mentioned she had not heard back from the State Committee yet on who was compiling GOP delegate information, and whether or not I could help them and publish the results here.  So I am going to be a dutiful soldier and accept my orders to do nothing on that project for a couple more days.

Remember, though, contacting all of these delegation candidates will be a big project, and take time.  If I don’t hear from them soon, I will have to start freelancing again.

And a quick note to party members who may be reading this:  I cannot be dissuaded from this project with an argument claiming delegates can’t possibly know in March what they will do at the convention in the summer.  This very case was forcefully made to me by one delegation candidate who clearly forgot that voters were supposed to evaluate candidates in April.

Absent some knowledge about how a delegation candidate plans to deport his or herself over the summer in St. Paul, how are voters in April supposed to decide who will represent them at the convention?  Ballot position and hair color?

Huckabee, Pennsylvania, and the GOP

As I’ve noted, the PA GOP has endorsed John McCain.  This will likely greatly influence the votes of our unbound delegates to the GOP convention.

Thing is, Mike Huckabee hasn’t quit yet.  And since Tsunami Tuesday he’s won Kansas and Louisiana, and may or may not have upset McCain in Washington State this past weekend.  We don’t know yet.

In Pennsylvania, the most recent polling suggests his support in the Commonwealth is commensurate with that of John McCain, and his electability here against Hillary and Barack are similar as well.  Take a look at these Rasmussen numbers, for example.  And keep in mind those numbers were taken before the Huckster was the only anti-McCain option.

Furthermore, he’s just received the endorsements of influential conservative and Heritage Foundation co-founder Paul Weyrich, and social conservative bigwig James Dobson.  Those endorsements could mean something upstate.

Nevertheless, the PA GOP decided to endorse McCain prior to Pennsylvania’s kabuki primary in April.

Thus the Pennsylvania GOP cares more about the primary votes of independents in New Hampshire and retired New York republicans in Florida than it does about the will of republican voters in the Keystone State.

I’ll be hanging around Chester County GOP HQ later today, turning in some primary petitions.  I’ll see what the word on the street is regarding the state party endorsement.  I’ll also start the process of getting a list of people running to be delegates come primary time.

In case you’re wondering, I am not running to be a delegate.  I probably should have, but I selflessly spent my signature time ensuring my continued status as a committeeman, and also making sure Steve Kantrowitz and Guy Ciarrocchi had enough signatures.  They’ll be running for the state house seat in district 157, and state senate seat for district 19, respectively.